Archive: Nov 2023

  1. ARIEL Theatrical and the Sally Hughes Church Foundation present Narnia

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    Based on the acclaimed book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Narnia will take audiences on an unforgettable adventure to a world of mythical creatures and Deep Magic. Follow Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie as they escape the peril of WWII air raids by seeking refuge at the grand estate of their curious uncle, Professor Digory Kirke. A simple game in an old wardrobe turns into the journey of a lifetime as the children discover that the fate of Narnia hangs in the balance. Drawing upon strength and courage beyond their years, the Pevensie children, with guidance from the Great King Aslan, are determined to “make the world right again.” With messages about integrity, loyalty, sacrifice and forgiveness, Narnia is a powerful story that will inspire audiences of all ages, just in time for the holidays.  

    When:             December 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9 – Thursday & Fridays at 7 pm,
    Saturdays at 2 pm & 7 pm

    Where:         The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre – Home of ARIEL Theatrical
                               320 Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901

    Tickets:         General Admission – $13
                               Students/Seniors/Military/Educators – $11
                               Children 3-12 – $9
                               Under age 3 – FREE

    Tickets may be purchased here, by phone (831-775-0976), or at the door until sold out.

    Located in the beautifully renovated Oldtown neighborhood of Salinas, ARIEL Theatrical provides opportunities for children to explore the stage and learn valuable lessons about Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Excellence and Leadership – A-R-I-E-L. ARIEL is a safe and nurturing gathering place for young people where engaging programs and family-friendly entertainment take center stage.

    ARIEL is honored to acknowledge the Sally Hughes Church Foundation as our 2023 Presenting Partner. ARIEL is also grateful to many local businesses for their generous support including our Season Sponsors Aladin Properties, Cardinale Moving and Storage, and Taylor Farms.
  2. The Magic of Gratitude

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    There are so many things for which to be grateful at ARIEL. We have a beautiful theatre on a tree-lined street in a wonderful community where hundreds of young people and their families come together to be part of something very special, some might even say, magical. As our young and often inexperienced cast members attend the first day of rehearsal, they initially see the tasks that lie before them – memorizing lines, learning songs and practicing dances in an effort to tell a compelling story on stage. However, what may not be apparent on day one is the magic that happens when kids learn to work together, respect differences, treat each other with kindness, develop and practice integrity, embrace accountability, commit to excellence, and lead by example. There is definitely a magical feeling that comes over audiences when the lights dim and the curtain opens. But the real magic can be seen in the lives of our performers as they impact the world in positive ways by applying lessons learned on stage at ARIEL.

    We are so grateful for those who understand the “magic” of principle-based theatre programs at ARIEL and support our activities with their time, talent and treasure. Throughout the remaining days of 2023, we will highlight select organizations, businesses and individuals who have contributed to ARIEL. We would like to begin by offering heartfelt thanks to our 2023 Presenting Partner, The Sally Hughes Church Foundation.

    Sally Hughes Church was born and raised in Salinas and lived a life of purpose and joy. Overcoming challenges only strengthened her resolve to accomplish goals and make a difference in the world. “Sally understood what it was like to have a dream just out of reach, but she also experienced the joy of achieving a dream through the kindness and generosity of strangers. By creating and funding the Sally Hughes Church Foundation, Sally was able to put other’s dreams within their reach. The grant making objectives of the foundation reflect Sally’s life. Through her foundation, Sally continues to support the theatre, educate youth, promote self-reliance and good health, and strengthen the family unit.” (Sally Hughes Church biography)

    We are so grateful to Sally Hughes Church and are honored to continue her legacy as we teach children and bring the community together to enjoy live theatre. Thank you Sally Hughes Church Foundation for supporting the “magic” at ARIEL!

    Stay tuned to our social media channels and our website for special acknowledgements and shout-outs to amazing and generous friends of ARIEL.

    If you would like to join our growing circle of supporters or renew your past support, please consider a gift to ARIEL through the Monterey  County Gives! campaign. With matching funds available for every donation up to $75,000, there isn’t a better time to show you value the “magic” that happens at ARIEL. Visit for details and a secure, online donation link. Contributions are accepted until 11:59 pm on December 31, 2023.


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    Monterey County Gives! is officially OPEN! 

    For nearly 40 years, ARIEL Theatrical has been a place where young people can expand their skills, knowledge, and talent, all while making new friends, creating memories, and discovering the power they have to impact the world in positive ways. The magic of theatre doesn’t end when the curtain closes. It continues to shine brightly in the lives of our young participants as they practice Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Excellence and Leadership (A-R-I-E-L).

    Join the wave of giving by making a donation to ARIEL through MC Gives! Online donations are simple, secure, and will be increased with matching funds (up to $75,000). Visit and invest in the future of ARIEL today. Thank you for sharing with ARIEL!